brininstool + lynch, chicago

The elegance of schematic plans typically frays a bit on the way from trace paper to bricks-and-mortar reality, but architect Brad Lynch’s house in Chicago’s North Side seems to have made the trip unscathed. The big ideas here include a kitchen/dining/living space that spans the depth of the building between end walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. “My homage to the front porch,” explains Lynch, who also included retractable shades.

Second-floor bedrooms are as private as the main level is public, while a lower-level family room opens toward the rear, onto a subgrade courtyard. A monolithic millwork volume rises through all three floors, containing storage, kitchen, and service functions and separating living spaces from the linear stair that acts as the house’s primary circulation spine.

The clarity of Lynch’s scheme and the fidelity of its execution struck a chord with our panel of judges, who called the outcome “incredibly disciplined.”

(See more on this project. which also won a Merit award in the Architectural Design Detail category.)

Project Details
principal in charge / project architect:
Brad Lynch, Brininstool + Lynch,
general contractor: Jake Goldberg, Goldberg General Contracting, Chicago,
project size: 4,250 square feet; site size: 0.09 acre
construction cost: $389 per square foot
photography: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

Product Specs
bathroom fittings: KWC America, Vola A/S; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co., TOTO USA; cooktop, dishwasher, oven/range: Gaggenau; countertops, kitchen cabinets: Arclinea Chicago; doors, windows: Hope's Windows; exterior siding: RHEINZINK America; flooring (carpet): Shaw Industries; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Stone Source; flooring (wood): The Bahr Co.; garage doors: Overhead Door Corp.; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator; hardware: Accurate Lock and Hardware, d line North America, Forms+Surfaces, RIXSON Specialty Door Controls, Schlage Lock Co.; insulation: CertainTeed Corp., Johns Manville; kitchen fittings: KWC America; kitchen fixtures: Foster Custom Kitchens; lighting fixtures: BEGA/US, B-K Lighting, Gammalux Systems, Lucifer Lighting Co., Nulite Lighting; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; radiant floor heating system: Uponor (WIRSBO); refrigerator: Sub-Zero; roofing: CertainTeed Corp.; skylights/roof windows: Panelite

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